Shrek is a animated movie near and dear to my heart. So much has been written about the first Shrek movie, almost all positive things. The second Shrek had the same thing going for it, yet the third and fourth movies had some fair criticisms that set it behind the first two films. In the case of Shrek, as with most film franchises, the first film is definitely the best of the bunch. Here’s why.
The combination of the filmic elements that Dreamworks Animation has come to be known for: action, humor, and heart, with great soundtracks and top-caliber voice performances. The breakout roles for both Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy into the family entertainment realm, not just Austin Powers for Myers and The Nutty Professor for Murphy.
While Dreamworks has not been as successful as Pixar, especially since partnering with Disney back in the day, the producers and writers of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series (Terry Russio and Ted Elliot) and the directors of many Dreamworks movies, as well as a few Disney films (Andrew Adamson of 2003’s FINDING NEMO, Conrad Vernon of Shark Tale, 2004).
Shrek is a film beloved for its great story as well. Simple, but moving and just plain fun. Shrek’s tale of reclaiming his swamp from the short but conniving Lord Farquaad and coming to know and get along with “fairy tale creatures” and his fear of rejection, and secret (also universal) need for love, is family-friendly and adult-friendly too. Shrek comes complete with strong and fluid animation that holds up today, 17 years after its initial release in the summer of 2001. In May, I remember. Also funny, and witty since the lines are rich with humor and nuanced situational comedy that flows with the story, and isn’t just tacked on for comedy’s sake only.
And who could forget the soundtrack of Shrek, a classic soundtrack that speaks volumes for the solid music that came out then, for the generation who grew up with Shrek. It’s kinda funny how the popular music fads and bands have changed so much since 2001, but then again change is a big part of life and growing up, eh?
For the generation who have been growing up with Shrek, and the generation who are now being introduced to the Shrek movies, to you I hope you enjoy the movies. Yes, the music may sound weird to your ears and some of the humor you may not understand, but as you grow older and learn new things, Shrek (as with all movies in time) the humor you didn’t understand at the time you will now understand in a more complete way.
Shrek is a animated classic, and for good animated fun, it’s hard to beat Shrek as a good go-to movie for the entire family to watch and enjoy. Whether you stream it or buy it, Shrek’s got your back. Perfect for family gatherings, summer movie family nights, community library or friend hang-out sessions. Basically for all ages 6 and above.
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